WEST WYOMING — Council honored outgoing Councilman Geno Leoni Monday for his 20 years of service to the borough at its regular meeting, which also saw the passage of the 2014 budget with no tax increases.
“Geno Leoni exemplified public service throughout his political career by being dependable, trustworthy and focused on understanding and solving community problems,” Mayor Joseph Herbert read in a citation he presented to Leoni.
Council President Eileen Cipriani thanked Leoni for his dedication to the borough and presented a citation on behalf of state Rep. Phyllis Mundy.
Cipriani recalled a memory of Leoni, with his sleeves rolled up, poring over records in the town hall during the borough’s financial troubles several years ago.
“I would like to commend council on bringing West Wyoming back from a major financial setback,” Leoni said. “West Wyoming Borough is moving forward constantly.”
Leoni also served for 18 years with the West Wyoming Fire Department and was named assistant fire chief and fire chief.
Council also thanked outgoing Councilman Walter Stevens who filled a vacant seat in March. “You served with integrity and honesty,” Cipriani said to Stevens.
Council adopted the 2014 budget. There are no increases in the $863,347 spending plan. The current millage of 1.5 will remain the same. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.
Council also voted to place an ordinance on the table for 30 days to erect two stop signs at the corner of Lackawanna and Washington avenues.
Ferretti Drive resident Cynthia Kennelly told council that although a cease-and-desist order was given to John Pisaneschi, owner of VP Auto on Appollo Drive, he continues to operate his business there. Cipriani said a hearing with District Judge Joseph Carmody is scheduled for Dec. 18 regarding the matter.
Council’s reorganization meeting will be on Jan. 6, with a time yet to be determined. The next regular council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13.